For those who actually care about the answer to that question, I’m discussing three fan fictions I’ve read recently, and including an update on those in progress works I’ve mentioned here before. I often just pick through story descriptions at FanFiction.net. I like a variety of different things. The three I’ll mention today are all fairly well developed AUs; that is they diverge from the show’s canon in significant details, yet they offer well thought out stories. I’m sure it will shock no one that I gravitate towards stories that have Chuck and Sarah together, that’s always how I imagine things ought to be. That doesn’t mean I always go for romances per se, but I do expect some romantic element with a mostly happy ending (yes, I’m shallow and proud of it!)
In the past, I’ve focused on individual authors. But I think this time I’m going to look at specific stories. These can all be found at FanFiction.net (link is on the right sidebar), and located via the site search function by either title or author.
Just today I finished “The Inevitable Life of Charles Bartowski” by jomarch05. This is a complete AU (alternate universe – complete in that it starts at a completely different spot that the show) that features a professor Chuck Bartowski who was never kicked out of Stanford, the human intersect Bryce Larkin, and his partner Sarah Walker. This Chuck is just as unfulfilled as the one we first met on the show, and it seems inevitable that the Intersect and Sarah Walker will always be a part of his life. jomarch05 writes action well, and uses themes of honor and sacrifice in this story. Its the sort of story that could be fun to anyone, but is a particular blast to see his different take an characters we all know so well. Its a fairly long story so allow 3+ hours to really enjoy it.
I also recently read “Aftermath” by Armadilloi. This includes a note it “will be deleted by 2/28.” Since this is June I’m not really sure what that means, but I suppose it could disappear at any time. Which would be a shame, it is a lot of fun. This AU starts sometime mid S2 with Chuck getting a simple text from Sarah telling him to forget her, she’s leaving to work with Bryce. Sounds bleak, but remember my qualifier above, I would have never liked this story if it didn’t improve eventually. Armadilloi uses more graphic violence than many writers, and his portrayal of both Chuck and Sarah is a little different; this Chuck takes charge of his life pretty decisively and becomes an agent with out the use of a 2.0; and Chuck and Sarah’s dialogue doesn’t quite ring true. But this is another story where the action and central plot are excellent. There are some shocking character deaths early in this story, but it makes Chuck’s later SOP that “agents lives are not expendable” that much more poignant. This story can be read in less than 2 hours.
The final story I wanted to mention is one that’s been brought up in the discussion of every post I’ve done on fan fiction, so it deserves some discussion here. Its “Chuck vs. the Missing Years” by Malamoo. Malamoo writes more pure romance, and she loves to crank up the angst. But her use of triangles is far more cautious than the show writers’ and she eventually gets around to a pretty happy ending. “Missing Years” is her first Chuck story, and I consider it brilliant. She wrote this sometime early 2009, so although it is set in 2012, she is straying from canon on many things we learned after the mid-point of S2. She starts with Chuck awakening in a hospital with no memories since his 26th birthday. Well, we can all guess what’s important about that date. But in spite of a cliche set-up, the story unfolds in a fun and ultimately sweet manner. Chuck learns interesting things as an observer of his own life. Its fun to see Chuck as intelligent and resourceful without an intersect. And let’s just say certain forces in Chuck’s life are irresistible. Malamoo has written several later stories based on this piece, including both prequels and sequels that fill in much fascinating detail. So if you find this introduction sweet and compelling, you might want to find out how it came to this…. and what happened next. Allow about 2 hours to read Chuck vs. the Missing Years.
In the past I’ve talked about Billatwork’s writing. He is currently finishing up “Chuck vs. the Dark Intersect” (three chapters remain to be published). It is a fun story in a massive AU covering 5 stories breaking from canon after 2.11 and the Mauser shooting. Ninjavanish continues his complete rewrite of S3 in “Chuck and Sarah vs. Themselves” . And our own bdaddydl has now posted 3 chapters of his “Sarah vs. the Death of Charles Bartowski.”
There is so much fan fiction out there, it isn’t hard to find new Chuck stories to keep busy until September!